A notable addition to scientific non-fiction books for young children. Nano succeeds in making a complex area of science inviting, by being immensely accessible and attractive to the general reader.
The distinguished award-wining physicist, Dr Jess Wade, has created a text that introduces the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology in clear, uncomplicated language which enthuses and never condescends about its topic. Beginning with the simple statement that, ‘everything is made from something’, we are gradually taken through the building blocks of different materials and introduced to several key scientific concepts on the way. There is much to marvel over with the discovery of graphene and the possibilities it offers for our future. The idea that an elephant could walk along a tight rope made out of nanomaterial, without it breaking, is sure to captivate readers of any age. The clear passion the author shows towards her specialism is likely to leave a strong impression on children, with the text most definitely leaving you wanting to know more.
Integral to the stimulating content is the distinctive illustrations by Melissa Castrillón. The beautiful layers of patterns and crosshatching create an energy to the drawings which complements the subject matter. The limited, cheerful colours she uses, and the detail to be found in each of the illustrations, combine to create vitality and a sense of wonder in the world around us.
A final section provides additional information about the types of scientists who come together to work on nanoscience, and the development in scientific technology that is enabling the investigation of nanomaterials to advance further. There is also a handy index to help track the specialist concepts introduced throughout the text which also gives a ‘grown up feel’ to the book.
This is an impressive and stylish book that is perfect for a young child who is beginning to be fascinated by the science of the world around us.